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Follow the Minerals: Why the US is Threatened by Venezuela's 'Blue Gold'

The US relies on coltan to build the basic circuitry in guidance control systems. (Archive)

The author argues that Venezuela's abundance of the highly strategic mineral cotane could be behind Obama's labeling of the South American nation an "unusual and extraordinary threat". 

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Venezuela Launches Military Operations on Border to Fight Drug Trafficking and Protect Coltan Reserve

Vice President and Defense Minister Ramon Carrizalez visiting the Coltan reserve on Thursday (YVKE)

On Thursday, Venezuela announced the expansion of military operations along its western border in order to fight drug trafficking and protect a recently discovered reserve of coltan from illegal mining.

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